Unintended Homecoming is an attempt to understand modern China and 'Chinese-ness' from the standpoint of Hai, who has lived most of his life in the US. The series documents a journey across China, the peeling back of layers of society in a massive country. The images serve as memories, ways to address situations Hai stumbled across on a meandering journey to rediscover his homeland.
Zhengzhou, Henan Province, May 2014
From the series Unintended Homecoming
Hai Zhang was born in Kunming, China in 1976. In 2000, after his graduation from college in Chongqing, he moved to the US. Since then, Zhang has lived in Alabama, Miami, Washington, DC and New York City. Zhang is interested in photography as a vital tool for investigating context; the alien and the familiar. In 2013, Zhang has his first major solo exhibition at La Galerie Voies Off, France. The following year the Luise Ross Gallery in New York also mounted a solo exhibition. Zhang was nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2014. Zhang’s work also featured in the Bursa International Photo Festival (2012), Chobi Mela VII (2013), Aphaisa (2005), and America Through A Chinese Lens (2012). Currently, Zhang commutes between the US, China and Europe.
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